PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER RELEVANT PROGRAMS
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As an international organisation the ICGLR endeavours to connect its own activities with other relevant actors in the areas of mutual interest. This cooperative approach has proven to be very rewarding for all parties involved and moreover to make the objective of the Initiative to break the link between mineral revenues and armed rebellion in the Great Lakes Region more accomplishable. A few examples of such cooperation with mutual benefit are stated below.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has developed a Due Diligence on Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas which intends to provide a practical guideline on how enterprises that are that are drawing on minerals can meet their responsibilities in areas of conflict and high risk. Its objective to prevent the extraction and trade in minerals from having a catalyst or even causal effect on armed conflict and insecurity overlaps with the one of the ICGLR Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources. Therefore, the two organisations have agreed to cooperate and signed a partnership agreement in December 2011. Furthermore, the OECD Due Diligence on Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas was endorsed by the ICGLR Heads of States in the framework of the Lusaka Summit. The collaboration between the ICGLR and the OECD focuses on the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, on the definition of joint auditing standards and on joint awareness raising measures.
GIZ: “ On Behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development(BMZ), the GIZ is providing technical advice and support for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region since 2004.
The European Union, through the GIZ, is supporting since 2014 to the Regional Initiative on Natural Resources(RINR).”
ITRI, an organisation representing major tin producers, has launched the Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) which aims at improving due diligence and traceability in the tin supply chain in Rwanda and the DRC. The iTSCi traceability scheme indicates to international purchasers whether the respective mineral derives from acceptable mining and trading activities. Together, the ICGLR and ITRI signed a partnership agreement to cooperate in setting up a tracking system, aimed at certifying the conflict-free origin of cassiterite (tin) from the Great Lakes Region.
Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) is a Canadian non-governmental organisation which undertakes research and policy dialogue on the promotion of peace and development in Africa. Having gained valuable experience as a founding member of the Kimberley Process, PAC is now supporting the ICGLR in its work to develop a regional certification mechanism for high value minerals. This partnership concentrates on the establishment of the regional database on mineral flows and the auditing of these supply chains. Furthermore, the role of civil society in monitoring the regional certification mechanism will be strengthened and the ICGLR Member States will be supported in initialising the tracking of mineral flows on their territory.